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  • Summary: West of Loathing — a slapstick comedy stick-figure wild west adventure role-playing game.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Mar 19, 2019
    100
    West of Loathing is one of the best RPGs on the market, hands down. The simplistic art style and humorous themes mean anyone will be able to get in and enjoy themselves, there’s plenty of laughs and sharp writing, and players only need to engage with it in the ways that they want to. I’m hard-pressed to find anything negative to say about it! And now if you’ll excuse me, I have to hit the ol’ dusty trail and get back to it…
  2. Sep 20, 2017
    90
    One of the funniest goddamn games I’ve played all year.
  3. Feb 6, 2019
    90
    West of Loathing is a rare treat of a video game — one that compels you to restart it immediately after you finish. With some of the best comedic writing ever found in an RPG and a truly unique and timeless visual style, you're going to have a hard time forgetting this one, pardner!
  4. Aug 10, 2017
    88
    The turn-based combat isn't the best, but it's a delightfully written RPG absolutely packed with humor.
  5. Aug 12, 2017
    88
    West of Loathing is an RPG with a ton of personality and a lot of reading. Personally, I’m a big fan of the surreal, pun-filled humor, so I had a great time, but your mileage may vary. It could also at times be a little repetitive, relying on its personality instead of delivering a ton of variety in gameplay. It’s more about exploring than it is about making meaningful choices or solving complex puzzles.
  6. Aug 14, 2017
    85
    West of Loathing is the rare game that makes me want to explore every nook and cranny to find new quests, new texts to read and most importantly, new jokes to laugh at. It’s been a long time since I’ve laughed this much while playing a game, and I look forward to exploring West of Loathing again and again in the future.
  7. Aug 10, 2017
    75
    While I won’t be forgetting this Western romp anytime soon, I’ll be remembering the witty dialogue exchanges and unique graphics more than its gameplay.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Aug 13, 2017
    10
    Spent the entire weekend doing this and don't feel a bit guilty. Came for the laughs, and there are many many, stayed for the incredibly smartSpent the entire weekend doing this and don't feel a bit guilty. Came for the laughs, and there are many many, stayed for the incredibly smart challenges. Every scene has something new (and a spittoon). Seriously funny and funnily serious, it sideswipes a few philosophical concepts, social memes and preconceptions as your character and her/his chosen sidekick travel the maps. When you finish as a Beanslinger, do it again, but differently, as the Snake Oiler or the Cow Puncher....with the Stupid Walk. Such a bargain. Expand
  2. Aug 15, 2017
    10
    West of Loathing is absolutely terrific in every aspect. The writing is spot-on and hilarious, the art style is quirky and charming and theWest of Loathing is absolutely terrific in every aspect. The writing is spot-on and hilarious, the art style is quirky and charming and the game mechanics are refined and easy to understand. At the core of the game is a lot of brain-teasing puzzles and fun, impactful choices. Expand
  3. Aug 11, 2017
    10
    The art is charming and the animation is well done, but the writing in this game has been especially and consistently good--which is great,The art is charming and the animation is well done, but the writing in this game has been especially and consistently good--which is great, because this game is largely about its writing. It is frequently very funny, and everything has been genuinely delightful to explore.

    If you're not a Kingdom of Loathing (KoL) player (of which, this game is a spin-off), I absolutely still think this game is worth checking out. If anything, this game is MUCH more accessible than KoL, and, frankly, seems like it would be a better introduction to the Loathingverse than the original game.

    If you are a KoL player, then I recommend this game even more. The writing captures the same fun tone as the original game, the combat has been greatly streamlined, and the side-quest structure evokes the same feeling as playing KoL except that it doesn't seem nearly as repetitive, as many of the side-quests move quite quickly.

    Big thumbs up from me! 11!
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  4. Aug 17, 2017
    9
    It would easy to say this is a homage to and a surreal pop at cowboy movies and roleplaying games.

    It is better than just a joke at these
    It would easy to say this is a homage to and a surreal pop at cowboy movies and roleplaying games.

    It is better than just a joke at these genres expense.

    It's a tale of the supernatural invading a Western setting and the darker side of this concept pokes through - making you jump suitably at shadows.

    Intentionally or not, it reminds me of the old Deadlands RPG. I must stop showing my age on these things.

    The game zips along in a fun manner - with regular rewards and punishments for tampering with the point and click environment.

    Combat is a fun but limited turn based affair with your pardner and conjured assistants. Your stats limit use of the crazy items and special attacks you unlock on the way.

    Put together with the regular blasts of humour, it is reminscent of Stick of Truth in it's feel.

    I loved it and with three character classes and random side quests the replay value is high.

    Please note - modern gamers may find the graphics and no gamepad an automatic turn off but if a funny, creepy, cow fearing, clown punching, spitoon wrangling roleplaying game appeals try it regardless.
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  5. Jan 25, 2018
    7
    Lighthearted dialogue, stick figures and silly walks is great at first, but the novelty wears off soon enough. Strip away the quirky aestheticLighthearted dialogue, stick figures and silly walks is great at first, but the novelty wears off soon enough. Strip away the quirky aesthetic and you realise that all you're left with is a fairly barebones RPG with very simple and limited mechanics that eventually makes combat and exploration a monotonous affair. Fun for the first 10-15 hours or so, but the game needs to mix things up along the way.

    Overall rating - 7.2/10
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  6. Jul 14, 2019
    7
    Funny game, but sad that it is only in English. A lot of the jokes can't be understood if you aren't a native English speaker and I'm not one.Funny game, but sad that it is only in English. A lot of the jokes can't be understood if you aren't a native English speaker and I'm not one.
    Also combat is very broken, first half of the game was good but after that enemies killed me in 1 or 2 shoots and I did the same so it was a battle to see who were the fastest one.
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  7. Feb 27, 2020
    3
    Stupid simple jokes, ugly game, uninteresting writing, bad game design. Overrated game.

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